“ Brand: Asda / Type: Fish „
I go through phases of loving tuna then absolutely hating it. At the moment I am a tuna lover. It is so versatile and can be used in a number of different dishes. Tuna can be quite expensive if you buy named brands, that's why I have started eating the Smartprice stuff. The tuna chunks come in a small round tin (which requires a tin opener to open), with the usual Smartprice green and white packaging. It contains all the normal information, and also a 'dolphin friendly' logo on the front which is reassuring. The label also tells us: Allery advice - Contains fish... who'd of thought?! Upon opening the tin, you'll find the tuna in nice size chunks, with only a few bits flaking, a lot less than you would imagine being a Smartprice product. The chunks are stored in brine. The tuna is a nice light pink colour with the occasional darker bit, not really sure what this is, but it doesn't affect the taste. I always drain the tuna thoroughly before mixing it with salad cream otherwise it just mixes into one big mushy mess. Once it's drained properly it doesn't take much effort to mix with salad cream. The taste is no different to premium brands that I used to buy. When I was pregnant I went through copious amounts on tuna on toast, after eating so much I began to hate it, but my favourite breakfast at the moment is indeed tuna on toast! I add tuna to all sorts of dishes, tuna pasta, tuna potato filling, tuna sandwiches. My daughter has started eating tuna too, with not eating any other fish apart from fish fingers, it is a sure sign that this tuna tastes good. Half a tin drained contains, 69 calories, and 0.1g of fat. A tin of Smartprice tuna will currently set you back 75p I would definitely recommend this tuna, it tastes exactly the same as more expensive brands, just in a different tin. A cupboard essential!
One of my favourite fishes is the tuna fish and I particularly like a few cans in the cupboard for emergencies. As I write this review now actually I'm making me and my mate a tuna pasta bake in the oven using a can of this stuff! I used to only buy premium brands such as John West but it isn't cheap less face it and that is why I have tried lately to find more economical options lately which brings me nicely onto this product! The Packaging: The tuna comes in a small round can that is 185g in weight. On the front of the can and in green and black writing I am told that it is Asda 'Smart Price' Tuna Chunks In Brine and that it is dolphin friendly and the size is stated as I've listed already. On the back of the can other information given includes ingredients and allergy advice, storage advice is listed along with nutritional information and contact details for Asda are given. It's a cheap looking can but in my mind it's always the product itself that counts! The Fish Itself: Well it's a light pink colour and rather flaked in appearance and stored in a water. It smells of fish and looks like fish though granted it isn't a nice looking meaty chunk of meat but no skin or bones or anything is visible and after all, all this is, is tuna, water and salt. Taste wise well it's a little mushy and you do need to make sure you drain it well however it's ok in a sandwich and in with other ingredients to make a dish up like I am doing now! I find that this is nice and moist, well seasoned fish that really is economical however if you prefer you tuna with a bit more bite then this may not be for you! How Asda can call it chunks is beyond me! It really isn't chunky at all! Nutritional Information Per Half Can (Drained): Energy: 69kcal Protein:16.9g Carbohydrate: Nil of which sugars: Nil Fat: 0.1g of which saturates: Trace Fibre: Nil Sodium: 0.26g equivalent as salt: 0.7g Only available in Asda stores priced at 45p a can.
Asda Smart price tuna chunks are another great addition to the smart priced range at Asda. The tins of tuna have recently got more expensive as I can originally remember these selling for around 28p but now cost 58p for 185g tin but when you compare the price of these to the other brands there is still a great saving to be had. The tin is in the usual Asda green and white smart priced packaging and the tin is easy to find on the shelves because of this. The tin contains a decent amount of tuna (bear in mind that the 185g does include the weight of the brine that the tuna is perserved in) I would say at least 3/4 of tuna to 1/4 of brine water. As with other brands you have to drain off the brine and this leaves you with quite a resonable amount of tuna which can be added to pastas, salads, sandwiches etc. As with most tinned tuna its a bit bland and does need a bit of flavour adding to it when you are cooking but this isn't hard to do. The smart priced tuna is also dolphin friendly so you don't have to worry about the reason that it is cheaper than the brands is because they skimp on the way it is fished and other animals dying for it as well. Again this is a great addition to the smart priced range and also if like me to your store cupboard essentials list. It only takes a few seconds to whip out the tin opener, get the lid off and then drain and you are away to making yourself a healthy, tasty meal. Remember this is tuna which means that it does contain Omega 3s and is a great way of introducing children to something that isn't fish fingers. Overall I would recommend this tuna to anyone as a store cupbaord essential at this price. There really isn't much difference between this and the other brands unless you look at the John West no drain tuna but thats a different story.....
On the days when I want something light I usually just open a can of Tuna Chunks, drain it and then throw it with a salad, in a sandwich or toss it with a little pasta. This tuna comes in an aluminium can and a can opener will be required as there is no ring pull on this can. It has a paper label on it displaying the Asda Smartprice logo, a picture of the tuna chunks, ingredients (tuna, water & salt) & nutritional information. There is plenty of brine in the can and this keeps the tuna fairly moist and delicious and once drained off the weight of the tuna is 129g so you get 56g of brine in each can. Also, if you have a cat they might like to drink the brine as mine does. The tuna is in pretty good sized chunks and they're fairly tasty and moist, I have tried over cans of tuna with a lot more taste unfortunately and for this reason I am going to have to rate this down to 3/5. This tuna is perfectly suitable for sandwiches, pasta bakes, salads etc but if you really wanted to have a luxury lunch then I'd recommend spending a little more and getting a more succulent tasting can of tuna. I did not find any bad tuna in my can and it did taste perfectly acceptable for the 58p price that I paid for it. The can is recyclable and there is 138 calories for the entire can of drained tuna and this is great for me when trying to watch what I eat because it's very low in calories & fat and the only slightly high part is the salt added. I will buy this again as I'm on a fairly tight shopping budget and I would recommend it if you want something relatively healthy that doesn't cost a fortune, however, if you have a little more in your shopping budget then I'd recommend buying something a little more expensive and hopefully a little better quality.
Intro ------ I am a regular gym goer, and therefore needed something which was going to give me a good amount of protein, without breaking the student bank account. Adding a lot of these to my weekly shopping budget, was definately the best way to go in terms of satisfying both of these goals. These items are pretty much a staple of my weekly shop and i have nothing but praise for them Price ------ This is the best bit for me. At just 48p a tin it means that you can pick yourself out 6 meals for the week for just £3. Try doing this with any other kind of meat or similar product and i think you will find that your struggling massively. This is also a lot cheaper than the more branded tuna names such as John West, where even in a mulitpack you can pay up to about £4 for just 4 cans, obviously, this represents a much better value for money. Taste ------- The taste is still very good. The great thing about this product compared to other own brand basic ranges at Sainsburys and Tesco is that this is tuna chunks, something i prefer massively to tuna flakes, as they are both easier to manage and eat. Tuna has a very distinctive taste and that does not change no matter which product you are eating, from either John West or ASDA, you will still love it or hate it depending on your liking for tuna! Nutrition ----------- The nutritional information per 100g drained tuna is: * Energy - 101 kcal * Protein - 24g * Fat - 0.6g * Saturates - 0.2g * Sodium - 0.4g You get about 185g in a can so some simple maths will allow you to roughly estimate what values you are getting from this product. I personally love the 24g of protein and very low fat content! Summary ----------- So then, if you too are trying to add protein to your diet, or if you just want to cut down on spending and still get your tuna kick, then look no further than this product, a great price, a great taste, and its even good for you. What more could you want?
I love tuna, it's such a versatile foodstuff, use it as a sandwich filler, add to pasta, eaten as a steak with vegetables, even with salad and mayonnaise is a great companion to it, as is a tomato based sauce. Mix with vinegar and peppers for a moist tuna crunch, the possibilities can be endless! It's a great alternative to meat with the bonus of protein to boot. It's also very healthy for all those weight watchers out there, with just 69 calories per half a tin and 'trace' saturated fat (based on the Smartprice nutritional information). Too good to be true, surely! Now in these difficult financial times more and more people are turning to the basics range that each supermarket stock, and at 58p for a 185g tin of Asda Smartprice tuna compared to John West's £1.24, this certainly seems like the sensible addition to your shopping basket. To me, there seems not be be any difference in taste or texture between SP tuna and a premium brand tuna, so why opt to pay more than double? The only downside of paying rock bottom prices is that you are not offered the assurance of your tuna being dophin friendly. Presumably, in order to keep your purse full, you must forgo the guilt free option of your tuna being sourced using ethical methods. But if you are willing to overlook this fact, and you like your tuna tasty, cheap and cheerful, then you surely can't beat 58p per tin, especially when the price of tuna seems to be climbing steadily recently. One word of advice - don't be tempted to buy the "shredded tuna" from the Smartprice range, stick to the Tuna Chunks. THe shredded tuna is like mush, and is almost impossible to drain - we ended up giving it to the dog rather than try to make it edible, and even he wouldn't eat it!
I love tuna and it's a great way for me to reach my protein intake as I don't like meat. The ASDA Smartprice tuna is cheap and of a good quality and the only downside is that the tuna comes in brine instead of water or oil. If you don't mind the brine I can recommend the tuna chunks - the quality is good and they are a great base for many nice dishes - have a look at the end of my review for my favourite tuna dish. --------------- Packing The tuna chunks come in a medium sized flat tin without lid opener - for me a big minus point as I can never find my can opener and have to search for 10min to find it. The label is the well-known ASDA Smartprice green and white design with all relevant information on the back of the tin and a cute little green fish on the front. The thing that first caught my eye is the 'dolphin friendly' logo on the front - a movement to protect the dolphins. Thumps up for ASDA as they only use tuna that was caught without harming or killing dolphins; LIDL for example still doesn't use this label. --------------- Ingredients & Nutrition The nutritional information per 100g drained tuna is: * Energy - 101 kcal * Protein - 24g * Fat - 0.6g * Saturates - 0.2g * Sodium - 0.4g These nutrition levels make the tuna a healthy and tasty alternative to meat - try a Spaghetti Bolognese with tuna instead of meat! Or my favourite for a quick snack, fry the tuna and add one egg, some salt and pepper, serve on toasted bread. -------------- Look & Taste The tuna chunks come in brine - I normally buy them in spring water or sunflower oil and now after trying the ASDA tuna I'll stick to the normal water. I don't mind the taste as much as the smell of the brine - I tried to wash it with clear water but honestly, that's a big waste of time as there are enough alternative products. The tuna itself is of a good quality, the chunks are not too small; sometimes you have the feeling that you bought tuna sauce instead of tuna chunks but these were fine. I didn't really like the colour, just a bit to dark with too many extra dark bits in it. But I don't think that it means that the tuna is of a lower quality. It still tastes good and why should I pay more just for a lighter colour? ASDA informs us on the label that they took extra care to remove all the bones but of course cannot guarantee that it is absolutely bone free. However, I never had any bones in my tuna. -------------- Price & Value The price for one tin with 185g and 129.5g when drained is 59p which is a good but not unbeatable price; you can get a Tesco Value can for only 40p. Luckily they're almost always on offer like '3 for 1 Pound' so if you don't have a Tesco in your town you can still make a bargain at ASDA. Still, it's a good value for its price and I can recommend the tuna if you don't mind the smell/taste of brine. For me it is 07 out of 10 (-3 for no opener, brine instead of spring water and the darker colour) -------------- Extra tip This is not part of the actual review but it's my favourite dish with tuna. So read on if you are looking for a quick and delicious pasta dish Tuna & caper pasta sauce - fry one small onion with garlic - add the content of a tin of drained tuna chunks - fry till the tuna is dry (roughly 5min) - add one small glass of capers (50g) - add 250ml of cream - put half a OXO vegetable stock cube in the sauce and let it dissolve - season it with salt, pepper and a hint of lime juice It takes 10 min and is a great new pasta sauce which is best served with Parmesan cheese on top.